Lumbia School feeding program launched-A A +A
Sunday, August 10, 2014
TO REDUCE malnutrition, Lumbia Central School launched its school – based feeding program last Friday morning in partnership with the Philippine Airforce Tactical Operation Group 10 and ITALPINAS Corp.
“We are thankful for the government for giving us funds to be able to feed malnourished children of Lumbia Central School. And also to our partners who supported us in this launching.” Julieta Talirongan, Lumbia Central School Principal, said.
According to the school teachers, most of the students who will benefit from the program live in Ecoville, a community of Sendong survivors.
“Nagpasalamat mi sa among mga titser kay dili lang mi nila ga tudloan, gapakaonon pa gyud.” Arnold, a grade 3 student of Lumbia Central School, said.
Arnold is among the 100 student beneficiaries of the feeding program in his school.
DSWD – 10 partnered with the Department of Education to hold feeding programs in daycare and public schools all over the region consisting of menu with go, grow, and glow food with a budget of P10 per student.
Such efforts of DSWD and DepEd are aligned with the Child Nutrition Act of the Philippines which mandates public schoolss who benefit from the program to feed malnourished children for 120 days, from Monday to Friday.
Last 2011, survey results of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FRNI) showed that for 5 to 10 year old children, 32 percent were underweight while 33.6% did not reach the appropriate height for their age.
Malnourished children are prone to infection and disease. Feeding programs are also held to lessen their absences in school and give them more energy to learn more and hopefully deliver better mental and physical performance in school.
The Child Nutrition Act aim to reach the millennium development goal for child nutrition and to bring down the number of underweight children in 2015.
ITALPINAS and the Philippine Air Force are organizations that promote community service and responsibility. Representatives from the organizations wish to see more jolly and healthy children by the end of 120 days.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 10, 2014.